While Democrats and Republicans must get through the 2022 midterm elections first, there is still a lot of talk about who will run in the 2024 Presidential election. On the right, there are numerous potential candidates like former President Donald Trump and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. The popularity surrounding Governor DeSantis continues to grow as the Democrats struggle to find the person to lead their party. President Joe Biden, who currently has COVID-19, is adamant about running again while his approval rating plummets. And to make it worse, his own party members, like Senator Joe Manchin, refuse to throw their support behind him at this time. 

Talking to Jake Tapper of CNN’s “State of the Union”, Senator Manchin admitted that he wasn’t talking about his support for President Biden currently when asked, “President Biden says he plans to run for reelection in 2024. You have not yet committed to supporting him in 2024. Do you think President Biden deserves a second term?”

Senator Joe Manchin answered, “Jake, I’m not getting involved in any election right now. 2022, 2024, I’m not speculating on it. President Biden is my president right now, and I’m going to work with him and his administration to the best of my ability to help the people in my state of West Virginia and this country. And we have agreements. We have respectful agreements where we respect each other, and we work through them. So, this is what people are upset about. Everything is about the next election.”

 Instead of talking about the 2024 Presidential election and the supposed candidates, the Senator harped on the real problem in America – inflation. “This is about today’s inflation rates killing people. We have got to get the inflation rate down. We have got to have an energy policy that works for America. And we’re not going to raise taxes. But people should be paying their fair share, especially the large corporations of America that have a valuation of $1 billion or greater. Can’t they pay at least 15% so we can be the leader of the world and the superpower we are?”

This piece was written by Jeremy Porter on August 1, 2022. It originally appeared in LifeZette and is used by permission.

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